Bristol Airport held a Charity Golf Day on Thursday 4th July, raising over £10,000 for their Charity of the Year, Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC).
The fundraising day saw 24 teams of golfers enjoy the sunshine and high temperatures at Filton Golf Club, followed by an evening meal with a raffle and auction, all in aid of their local charity partner.
GWAAC provides the air ambulance and critical care services for Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and surrounding areas and was voted in by Bristol Airport employees as their chosen Charity of the Year.
The Golf Day was one of many events that employees have hosted in order to raise money for the charity, which receives no day-to-day government funding. In the first six months of 2019, the charity have attended to 317 jobs in Bristol alone, almost a third of their missions this year so far.
The GWAAC team on the day joined Martin Kent from Bristol Airport and included Ron Gibson from Chipping Sodbury Golf Club, Mark Wright from Henbury Golf Club and Andy Webb, captain of Shirehampton Golf Club, all of which have collectively raised over £35,000 in support of the air ambulance charity over the last year. The team came second place, with Andy also winning the prize for the longest drive of the day!
Participants on the day also had the choice of bidding in an auction which held some highly sought-after prizes from Bristol Airport’s partners, and raised over £3,500 alone.
Anna Perry, Chief Executive at GWAAC, said:
“We were delighted with the success of the Bristol Airport Golf Day, it was a great event and we thoroughly appreciate all the hard work that has gone in to raising such a fantastic amount for our service over the first six months of our partnership. We’re excited to see what wonderful challenges the Bristol Airport team take on in aid of GWAAC next! We couldn’t do what we do without them, so we really are thankful for their support.”
Jacqui Mills, Public and Community Relations Manager, Bristol Airport said:
“The golf day was such a success, and it was only possible through the support from our business partners and suppliers in raising such an incredible amount of money on the day. The Bristol Airport teams have completed a variety of fundraising challenges so far this year including climbing Snowdon, sponsored cycling and participation in running competitions. More fundraising activities are planned over the next fewmonths including raffles, skydiving, sponsored swims, walks and much more! The Bristol Airport team voted for GWAAC as our charity partner of the year and it is their continued support and commitment and the generosity of our passengers which continues to raise money for such a worthwhile local charity.”
GWAAC needs to raise over £3 million a year to keep their life-saving service running, and relies on the generosity and support of the local community it serves. Corporate partnerships are a great way of motivating your staff to get involved with a local cause and charity and fundraising is a great way to encourage team work amongst colleagues. If you know of or work for a local business that you think may be interested in becoming a charity partner with GWAAC, please get in touch with Laura on firstname.lastname@example.org.